Crime History, Aug. 18, 1988: Judge kills himself amid sex scandal allegations

Gary Little

On this day, Aug. 18, in 1988, a Washington judge shot himself just hours before the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article accusing him of sexually exploiting juvenile defendants who appeared before him. King County Superior Court Gary M. Little was admonished by a commission in 1991 for having inappropriate contact with three juvenile offenders, but the report […]

Crime History, July 31, 1977: ‘Son of Sam’ serial killer leaves behind tell-tale clue

David Berkowitz

On this day, July 31, in 1977, the “Son of Sam” serial killer shot a young couple kissing in a parked car, but left behind an important clue that revealed his identity as David Berkowitz. For more than a year, the Bronx-born Berkowitz terrorized New York City with a .44-caliber bulldog pistol and chilling letters […]

Police seek defendant who walked out of armed robbery trial

Michael Anderson

A man on trial for the armed robbery of a Laurel liquor store apparently had a good idea which way the jury was leaning and decided to not stick around to hear the verdict. While the Prince George’s County jury deliberated his fate Tuesday, 40-year-old Michael Anderson slipped out of the Upper Marlboro courthouse and disappeared. Anderson’s hunch may […]

Former Redskins Fred Davis wanted for domestic violence incident in Adams Morgan

fred davis

D.C. police are searching for former  Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who is wanted for a domestic violence for an incident last month in Adams Morgan. According to police, Davis attacked the woman around The Diner at a popular 24-hour eatery, in the 2400 block of 18th Street NW. The incident happened around 3 […]

John Walsh hopes to nab more bad guys with debut of ‘The Hunt’

John Walsh

John Walsh, whose groundbreaking television show “America’s Most Wanted” helped capture more than 1,200 fugitives, is starting a new show with CNN this week called “The Hunt.” The show’s aim is basically the same as the defunct “AMW:” Shine a white hot spotlight on the bad guys. “The Hunt” premieres 9 p.m., Sunday. The first show features Shane Miller, […]

The Crime Scene: Mayor urges beach boycott over pot; WaPo reporter reveals crack addiction; and anthrax letters hit museum

Baltimore police

We round up the top crime stories because you have better things to do. • D.C. mayor urges boycott of Ocean City over Congressman’s stance on marijuana (NBC4) • Girl, 13, killed by SUV at soccer practice (Washington Post) • Former WaPo reporter’s book recounts struggle with crack cocaine addiction (Politico) • Anthrax letters go […]

Crime History, July 2, 1919: Bomb explodes in front of attorney general’s home in D.C.

Damage done by the bomb at Attorney General A Mitchell Palmer's house in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.

On this day, July 2, in 1919, an anarchist set off a bomb at the District of Columbia home of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Around 11:15 p.m., anarchist Carlos Valdinoci carried the explosive, along with a written declaration of war on capitalism and the U.S. government, to Palmer’s home at 2132 R Street NW, near Dupont Circle. The bomb […]